Three kids, aged 5 to 17, shot dead ‘by brother who then gunned down his parents’

A FAMILY of five, including three kids, have been shot dead in a “hostage situation” in France.

A 22-year-old man was reportedly shot dead in the village of Douvres in the foothills of the Alps after he allegedly killed five members of his family he had been holding hostage since Tuesday night.

The man was wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a rifle and a sword, according to reports.

Christian Limousin, the mayor of Douvres, said the man went after the five members of his family before he was shot dead by the Special French Force – known as the GIGN.

The 22-year-old reportedly killed his dad, his stepmother, his 17-year-old sister, his 15-year-old step-sister and his five-year-old step-brother, the mayor told FranceBleu.

The gendarmes were alerted about a potential hostage situation on Tuesday around 11.30pm and tried to negotiate with the alleged captor until the arrival of the GIGN team sent from Dijon shortly before 7am this morning.

More than 100 officers were sent to the scene, according to reports.

A long negotiation took place before the assault on the “madman” was ordered at midday.

Bourg-en-Bresse prosecutor Christophe Rode said: “For several hours during the night and the morning of July 20, the gendarmes tried to get in touch with the madman who refused to answer the telephone calls of the gendarmes as well as the direct contacts attempted by the negotiators.”

“Faced with the possible dangerousness of the character”, the GIGN took the decision to shoot the man, a source told AFP.